Toward a Cognitive Classical Linguistics

Stephen Carlson over on B-Greek noted that the book, Toward a Cognitive Classical Linguistics, has been made available as Open Access on De Gruyter’s website and the pdfs of its contents are freely available for download.

Toward a Cognitive Classical Linguistics: The Embodied Basis of Constructions in Greek and Latin

The book had been been listed for pre-order on Amazon, but it never shipped in the US to the disappointment of a number of anticipating readers, including me. So I was extremely pleased to see its contents being made available online. It likely is not a surprise to our readers that we here at have are emphatic proponents of the application of cognitive science to the study of Greek & Latin. Volumes like this one are important steps in that direction.

Table of Contents:

Introduction. Toward a cognitive classical linguistics” by Egle Mocciaro and William Michael Short

  1. “Aspect and construal A cognitive linguistic approach to iterativity, habituality and genericity in Greek”
    By Rutger J. Allan
  2. “A construction-grammar analysis of ancient Greek particles”
    By Annemieke Drummen
  3. “The embodied basis of discourse and pragmatic markers in Greek and Latin”
    By Chiara Fedriani
  4. “Reversive constructions in Latin: the case of re- by and dis-”
    By Brucale Luisa
  5. “Autόs and the center-periphery image schema”
    By Anna Bonifazi
  6. “Aspects of aural perception in Homeric Greek”
    By Silvia Luraghi and  Eleonora Sausa
  7. “The role of spatial prepositions in the Greek lexicon of garments”
    By Maria Papadopoulou
  8. “Metaphor by any other name. A cognitive linguistic reassessment of Aristotle’s theory of metaphor”
    By Membrez Greg
  9. “Animus inscriptus An out-of-body embodiment?” by Christopher CollinsMetaphorical word order”
    By Luca D’Anselmi

Publisher’s description:

This volume gathers a series of papers that bring the study of grammatical and syntactic constructions in Greek and Latin under the perspective of theories of embodied meaning developed in cognitive linguistics. Building on the momentum currently enjoyed by cognitive-functional approaches to language within the field of Classics, its contributors adopt, in particular, a ‘constructional’ approach that treats morphosyntactic constructions as meaningful in and of themselves. Thus, they are able to address the role of human cognitive embodiment in determining the meanings of linguistic phenomena as diverse as verbal affixes, discourse particles, prepositional phrases, lexical items, and tense semantics in both Greek and Latin.